Brandon Shaffer

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Brandon Shaffer
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Brandon Shaffer
President of the Colorado Senate
In office
May 6, 2009 – January 2013
Preceded byPeter Groff
Succeeded byJohn Morse
Member of the Colorado Senate
from the 17th district
In office
January 2005 – January 2013
Personal details
Born (1971-03-22) March 22, 1971 (age 47)
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic

Brandon Shaffer (born March 22, 1971) is the former President of the Colorado State Senate. He represented Senate District 17, which encompasses the cities of Longmont, Lafayette, Erie, and Louisville. Shaffer, a lifelong Democrat, was first elected as a State Senator in November 2004, and was reelected in 2008. Following the resignation of Senate President Peter Groff in 2009, Shaffer was elected to the post, while Senator John Morse (D-Colorado Springs) became Majority Leader.

Shaffer was the Democratic nominee for Colorado's 4th Congressional District in 2012, but lost to incumbent Republican Cory Gardner in the general election.[1][2]

Early life, education and military career[edit]

Brandon Shaffer was born on March 22, 1971 in Denver and graduated from East High School in 1989, having served as the "Head Boy" and Student Body President. After graduation Shaffer attended Stanford University which he paid for with a Navy ROTC scholarship. Shaffer earned a Bachelor’s degree in political science, and also participated in the Stanford-in-Government program. While involved in the program, Shaffer worked as an intern for Colorado Governor Roy Romer as well as the Commission on National and Community Service in Washington D.C. Shaffer graduated with honors in 1993. After college Shaffer was commissioned into active duty in the United States Navy. After spending a year in San Diego, he was deployed to Yokosuka, Japan. While there, Shaffer served aboard the USS Hewitt (DD-966) as an Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer, Deck Division Officer and Navigator. It was in Japan that he met his wife, elementary school teacher, Jessica Clark.[3]

Political career[edit]

Shaffer left the navy in 1997 and returned to the United States in 1998. During his final year in Japan he became a substitute teacher and taught English to Japanese students at a local YMCA. Once he returned he was accepted into law school at the University of Colorado. Shaffer became involved in Colorado politics in 2000 as the Get Out The Vote coordinator for Boulder County. Shaffer graduated from law school in 2001. Following graduation, Shaffer continued his political career serving as the Boulder County Get out the Vote coordinator again in 2002. In November 2004 Shaffer ran a successful State Senate campaign against Republican candidate Sandy Hume, and libertarian candidate Bo Shaffer for Colorado's District 17.[3]

Shaffer was elected by his peers to serve as the Senate Majority Leader, Senate Assistant Majority Leader and Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He also served on the Senate Health and Human Services and Finance committees. In 2009, Shaffer became the President of the State Senate following the resignation of then-Senate President Peter Groff.[3]

2012 Congressional campaign[edit]

On July 4, 2011, Shaffer announced that he was running for Congress from Colorado's 4th District, challenging incumbent Cory Gardner.[1] Shaffer won the Democratic primary, but lost to Gardner in the November 6, 2012 general election.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Callie Jones (7 July 2011). "Brandon Shaffer stops in Sterling day after announcing congressional bid". Sterling Journal Advocate. Retrieved 8 July 2011.
  2. ^ a b Gentry, Weston. "Gardner holds off challenger to retain Colorado's 4th district Read more: Gardner holds off challenger to retain Colorado's 4th district - The Denver Post". Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "About". Archived from the original on 28 March 2010. Retrieved 8 July 2011.